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The practical benefits of salvation Romans 5:1-5

10 Mar

Are you a “bottom line” person? When you are in a business deal, do you want to “cut to the chase and stop all the talk” and get right to the action? That is what the document is all about.

Paul, in our text, has come to a therefore. To put it practically, it is telling us what is in it for us. That’s a good bottom line question. What are the results of our new relationship to God in Christ? There are many benefits, but Paul lists four to consider.

(Romans 5:1-5 NIV)  Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, {2} through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. {3} Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; {4} perseverance, character; and character, hope. {5} And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

  1. We have enduring peace (v. 1).
    1. What kind of peace are we talking about here? It is peace with God.
    2. I know it is often peace with others we are striving for. I know that we all try to make peace with ourselves. But, neither of these is possible if we first do not make peace with God.
  1. We have extraordinary access (v. 2).
    1. Isn’t is great to have access? The joy of a ticket that lets you get to the best seats in the house is exhilarating.
    2. Nothing is more frustrating than to hear or see the words, “access denied.”
    3. Wonder of wonders, we have access to God and His grace.
  1. We have exuberant joy (vv. 2b-4).
    1. The joy is notable for its measure. It is a joy so great it gives new meaning to the word.
    2. The joy is also notable for its power. It’s not just that Christians have joy, but that they have it in the most discouraging and difficult situations.
  1. We have eternal hope (v. 5).
    1. Paul says something curious about this hope. He says that it does not disappoint.
    2. Many things in our life disappoint; people, places, books, motion pictures, jobs, churches, etc. But Paul says this hope will not disappoint. He was that sure of heaven.
    3. The reason our hope is secure, is that no matter what happens, or how it looks, God is pouring out His love on us.

There may be those on earth who dress better or eat better, but those who enjoy the peace of God sleep better.

It’s a paradox of marriage that the strongest ones are those in which partners are simultaneously able to change to accommodate one another in some areas, and able to live with unchangeability in others. … On the whole each spouse has made a separate peace with the imperfect other.

If you want to live longer and have a more effective witness for Christ, let his joy in your heart spill over into happy laughter. When you laugh, your diaphragm goes down, your lungs expand, and you take in two or three times more oxygen than usual.  As a result, a surge of energy runs through your body.

   Few people realize that their health actually varies due to this factor.  Happy individuals recover from disease much more quickly than sad, complaining patients; and statistics show that those who laugh live longer.

Conclusion

A little boy who was confused used to misquote John 3:16. He would say, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should have ever-laughing life.” He was not all wrong, you know.

So if your concern is, “What’s in it for me,” we seen it. If you want joy, access and hope, then accept the gospel today. I think you’ll agree that it’s the only way to live.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2016 in Doctrine

 

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